US, UK scientists draw up list of world`s plants

British, US scientists have compiled the most comprehensive list of land plant species ever published.

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2010, 19:40 PM IST

London: British and the US scientists say they`ve compiled the most comprehensive list of land plant species ever published.

The massive compendium carries more than 1 million names assigned to at least 300,000 different species of plants, from the English daisy to the Ginkgo tree.

Researchers say the list unveiled Wednesday can be used to boost conservation, trade and medicine by eliminating confusion stemming from the fact that many plants go by several names.
The list was compiled and edited by botanists and computer scientists at Kew Gardens in London and the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

Bureau Report

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